Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival 2022 : The Best Cultural Hub

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival 2022

Sharjah, the third most populous city in the UAE, is also a constituent part of the metropolitan area of Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman. The cultural wealth and architectural heritage build its touristic importance, and Sharjah’s Children’s Reading Festival 2022 is one of the examples that make it a family-friendly destination. Although Sharjah hosts events and celebrations throughout the year, from sports to retail, the Sharjah children’s reading festival 2022 is a hub of art and culture for all youngsters. 

In this article, we shed light on the details of different activities, workshops, plays, and sessions along with their entry fee, date, and timings. 

All about Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival 2022

about Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival 2022

SCRF returns with its 13th edition this May, and it is better and bigger than ever. With the powerful theme “Create Creativity”, Sharjah Reading Festival 2022 features more than 25 writers from all over the world. The fest was launched by the ruler of Sharjah and Supreme Council Member (H.H. Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi). The main purpose of this festival is to celebrate excellence in young adult literature. 

Activities at Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival intend to imbue the love of reading in children by introducing them to well-known writers and authors. The chairman of Sharjah book authority, Ahmed Al Ameri, named the festival a forerunner of “knowledge and creativity in young minds.” The festival is empowering the country’s future by paving the path for youth and children to accomplish their goals and be devoted patrons of the rich Arab culture’s vision. 

Activities at Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival 2022

Sharjah reading festival 2022 is back with live shows, robots, and lots of books for young readers. You can expect plays, workshops, sessions, and shows featuring international honoured panelists and guests. 

  • Nursery Kids in Action

Nursery Kids in Action

Activities at Sharjah children’s reading festival also brings an exclusive programme named Kids in Action. The festival features activities that raise all the five senses via interactive displays and technology. 

    • Dates: 14th May – 17th May 2022
    • Guest: Skilldeer
    • Location: Hall 3
    • Timings: 09:00 am | 04:00 pm
  • Live Cooking Sessions

Live Cooking Sessions in Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival 2022

Whilst attending a live cooking session at this fest, your kids can unleash their culinary talent by following live cooking sessions at Cookery Corner at Hall 4. 

Here is the table displaying different cuisine activities with particular dates and timings: 

Activity 

Date

Timings

Fussy Eaters! by Ciara Attwell

13th May 2022

06:30 pm

Lebanese Cuisine! by Fatina Daher

13th May – 14th May 2022

05:15 pm | 05:30 pm

Egyptian Cuisine! by Naglaa Shershaby

13th May – 14th May 2022

07:30 pm

Malaysian Cuisine! by Anis Nabilah

13th May – 15th May 2022

Subject to days

  • Book Illustration Exhibition

Book Illustration Exhibition

Calling all national and international illustrators to participate in the book illustration exhibition 2022 in Sharjah to compete with other illustrators to win an award. 

The Sharjah Children’s Fest 2022 is offering three awards that are up for grabs:

    • The winner will get $8,000.
    • The 1st and 2nd runner-ups will receive $6000 and $4000 respectively.
    • The participants might also win an honourable award of about $1,000.

This exhibition was originally launched in 2012 to highlight the illustrators’ talent, who have showcased a high level of creativity. The 2022 edition is marked as the 10th anniversary of the illustrator’s award competition. 

  • Author Meet-and-Greet

Author Meet-and-Greet

If you are an ardent reader, then you probably dream of meeting and taking a picture with your favourite writer. Bring your little readers to this festival where they can grab the opportunity to meet their favourite authors. Below is the list of authors attending the Sharjah Children’s reading festival 2022.

    • Ahmed Shah – An activist, humanitarian and children’s writer from Pakistan.
    • Alicia D.Williams – Award-winning young adult and children’s writer from the United States.
    • Abdullah Hassan Al Hadia Al Shahi – Judge of the Poetry Knight Competition.
    • Ameena Hossain – A writer and 1 st award winner of the Mental Health Competition from Bangladesh.
    • Iffat Barakat – A children’s literature writer and a poet from Egypt.
    • Anita Vachharajani – An award-winning young adult and children’s writer from India.
    • Mireia Trius – A writer of 2 non-fiction children’s books from Spain.
    • Lorato Mary Trok – An award-winning children’s writer, translator, publisher,and editor from South Africa.
    • Kobi Yamada – An award-winning children’s writer and a bestselling author from the United States.
  • Social Media Station Workshop

If your kids also like to experiment with new things, then it’s the best platform for them to get techy. In the Social Media Cafe Workshop, they can show their creativity by enrolling in these techy workshops. Below is the list of different tech activities with their particular dates and times.

Activity 

Date

Timings

Artificial Intelligence & Programming by Abedalqader Abuhatab

13th & 16th May 2022

05:00 pm | 06:00 pm

Hackers and Bullies Detoxification by Hala Harb

13th May 2022

07:00 pm

The art of gathering the best out of social media by Hala Harb

14th May 2022

05:00 pm

Storytelling and Videography by Sabrina Maria

14th May 2022

07:00 pm

IOT – A World of Internet of Things by Mohammad Faieq

15th May and 19th May 2022

11:00 am |12:00 pm

Crypto Kids & NFTs by Puja Tiwari

15th May and 19th May 2022

05:00 pm

Creative Content Creation by Mohamad Khalifa

15th May and 19th May 2022

07:00 pm

Maze Challenge Robot by Mohammad Faieq

16th May and 21st May 2022

11:00 am | 06:00 pm

  • Plays and Shows

Plays and Shows in Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival 2022

Sharjah children’s reading festival 2022 dates several interactive plays and shows with a wide range covering from comedic arts to musical adaptations. Some of the most populars are listed below.

    • Festival’s characters with Sharjah Book Authority: Whole week in halls and lobbies.
    • Inspired Reader with International Talent Agency – Ukraine: on 13th  and 14th May 2022 in halls and lobbies
    • Magic Lab with Magica Mente Plastica – Italy: 13th May 2022, theater in hall number 5 – Ballroom) at 05:10 pm, 08:10 pm
    • Moving Trees with Covent Garden – UK: from 15th May to 18th May 2022 in halls and lobbies.
    • Magic School Bus with Theatreworks – USA: from 15th May to 18th May 2022 in theater in hall 5 – Ballroom. 
    • Animal Journey with Meyerhold Theater Center – Russia: from 13th May and 14th May 2022 in halls and lobbies
    • The Pantomime Journey with Alterum Theater Company – Russia: From 15th May – 17th May 2022,  theater in hall 5 – Ballroom. 

Different Workshops at the Children’s Reading Festival

Workshops at the Children's Reading Festival

The Sharjah Reading Festival 2022 provides kids a unique opportunity to hone their social, creative, and developmental skills via these workshops. Therefore, you can simply decide to sign your kid up for any of the below-given workshops.

  • Storyteller sessions by AUFUQ Al EBDAA Training Center: It will take place for a complete week in Hall number six.
  • Exploding Volcanoes By Pate D’asso: It will take place for a complete week in hall number five at 04:15 pm and 08:15 pm.
  • The Robot Zoo by Evergreen Exhibitions: It will take place for a complete week in hall number one at 09:00 a.m.
  • Activation by Wakazoo Group: It will take place on May 13th to May 17th, 2022, in nursery in hall number three at 04:00 pm, 09:00 pm.
  • It will take place on May 13th, 2022, at 05:10 pm and 08:10 pm at the theatre in hall number five- Ballroom.
  • It will take place throughout the festival, with the exception of May 17th, 2022, in hall number three – Technology.
  • Science Art Painting by Fun Robotics: It will take place throughout the festival, except on May 16th, 19th, and 20th, 2022 in hall number three – Technology.
  • Embroidery Clocks by Louna Land Event Organizers L.L.C: It will happen throughout the festival except on May 18th and May 20th, 2022, in hall number four – Crafts.
  • Flight mechanics with paper planes by Fun Robotics: It will happen throughout the festival except on May 18th, 2022, in hall number three – Technology.
  • Embroidery Canvas Art by Room 94: It will happen throughout the festival in hall number four – Crafts.
  • The Fashion Workshop by Louna Land Event Organizers L.L.C: It will take place from May 14th to May 22nd, except 19th and 20th May in hall number four – Crafts.
  • The Robotic Musical by Fun Robotics: It will take place from May 14th to May 22nd, except May 20th, May in hall number three – Technology.
  • Make your own movie machine in Room 94: It will take place throughout the festival in Hall 4 – Crafts.
  • Moon Landing (Astronomy) by Skilldeer: It will happen throughout the fest in hall number five – Math and Science.
  • Fun Robotics’ Drone Experience: It will take place throughout the festival in Hall 3 – Technology.

In a Nutshell

Walking down the lane from Sharjah’s architectural heritage to Sharjah children’s reading festival 2022, now have an apt idea of where to take your kid to hone their skills. Be it cultural, artistic or literary aspects, the fest brings a lot to sharpen young minds and to show them the right direction as per their interests by involving them in different activities. From reading books and attending robotic workshops to participating in live cooking sessions, this event aims to keep patrons devoted to the rich Arab culture.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the location of Sharjah Reading Festival in 2022?

The yearly 12 day children's reading festival is taking place at the Expo Center Sharjah.

How to volunteer at scrf 2022?

If you want to volunteer at the Sharjah children's reading festival 2022 then you can directly contact Mr Safe Muhammad Hassan (+971-56-567-9760), the coordinator of the event.

How to contact scrf?

You can contact the SCRF via the following contacts; Fax: 00971-6-5140111, phone number: 800 BOOKS (26657), email: info@scrf.ae.

What is the entry fee of Sharjah Children's Reading Festival 2022?

Expanding the joy, Sharjah Children's Reading Festival is the event you can attend for free.

What is the date of Sharjah's children’s reading festival 2022?

Sharjah Children's Reading Festival 2022 is a 12-day event which is taking place from 10th May to 22nd May at the Expo center.

Saranga Saxena A quick-witted learner with versatile experience in content writing, Saranga believes in exploring and making an effort. She focuses on what's missing instead of just admiring what she has already found.
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